heel puncture


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heel puncture

Etymology: AS, hela + L, punctura
a method of obtaining a blood sample from a newborn or premature infant by a puncture in the lateral or medial areas of the plantar surface of the heel. Care must be exercised to prevent puncture of the posterior curvature of the heel and to make the puncture as shallow as feasible.

heel puncture

A method for obtaining a blood sample from a newborn or premature infant.

CAUTION!

The puncture should be made in the lateral or medial area of the plantar surface of the heel, while avoiding the posterior curvature of the heel. The puncture should go no deeper than 2.4 mm. Previous puncture sites should not be used.
See also: puncture
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